New Delhi: While inaugurating the newly built office complexes for the defence ministry under the Central Vista Project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back at the critics of the development project seeking refurbishment of the Parliament and Central government offices in New Delhi.
Slamming the critics of the Rs.20,000 crore revamp project, PM said, those who were against the project never thought about the 7,000 employees of the crucial Defence Ministry and how are they working in the decades-old hutments.
During his inauguration speech, he said, “the critics never mentioned the new offices being built for our armed forces & they conveniently kept silent, as it would have exposed their spreading of lies and misinformation about the project.”
The PM’s jibe was a response to the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders who had condemned the central government over the announcement of the renovation project amid the ongoing pandemic. Gandhi had earlier called the Central Vista Project the “criminal wastage” of the resources and had asked the government to redirect the money to improve the health infrastructure of the country.
Modi termed the new construction as a step forward towards building the modern defence enclave in the capital. He asserted that the new infrastructure will enable defence employees to work effectively.
The PM also claimed that the government’s commitment to the ‘New India’ vision is showcased in the project. He reiterated his government’s agenda to improve the ease of living and ease of doing business in the nation, he said that the Central Vista Project is based on these lines only.
The PM vested the newly built defence office complex at Africa Avenue along with the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The two buildings, which were built with funds provided by the Defense Ministry, total 9.60 lakh square feet of office space. Fourteen offices will be relocated to the KG Marg complex, which has a total built-up area of 4.52 lakh square feet, while thirteen offices will be relocated to the Africa Avenue building, which has a total built-up area of 5.08 lakh square feet.